Writing a theme on a book you read could be more complicated than it seems, especially in the case of a track for a class assignment. While at home it is possible to easily find information about the plot, the characters and the author, in school the task becomes more difficult, as the memory could waver and play tricks. So the main advice to follow is to choose a book you have recently read and most of which you remember well. Secondly, if you do not remember an event, a passage or the name of a secondary character, omit rather than make mistakes: it is not a report or a book, the theme of a book to read is more free and it is not necessary to report the plot in detail. Let’s take a closer look at how to make a track on a book to read, which ladder to follow and read an example to better understand how!


First it is useful to understand how to carry out the trace and how to structure the theme, trying to build a harmonious and coherent discourse in its parts. Here is a set of steps to follow:

  • Introduction: introduce the book you read in an original way giving brief generic information.
  • Short plot: the reader must have a general idea of ​​the book, so it is necessary to present the plot briefly.
  • Characters: continue the discussion by talking about the characters that hit you and explain the reason.
  • Themes of the book: cites the themes and issues addressed in the book, arguing them according to your point of view.
  • Judgment on the book: explain why you liked the book and what struck you most.
  • Conclusion: conclude your speech by summarizing your impressions on the book you read.


Since I learned to read between my fingers I have leafed through thousands and thousands of pages: but those that I will never tire of savoring over and over again are the pages of Piccole Donne, a novel published in 1868 by Louisa May Alcott.


The novel focuses on the story of the four March sisters: Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy live with their mother and maid, while their father is fighting the Civil War. The opening scene shows us the girls who, in front of the fire, complain that they can’t afford Christmas presents: their father left for the front, so the sisters together with their mother are forced to make an economy. However, Aunt March gives each of them some money, which at first the girls spend on their own gifts, but which they then decide to return by buying a nice present for their mother. From these few first lines we can perfectly understand the soul of the girls: generous and sensitive, even though each of them has a completely different character from the others. The next day is Christmas: the girls bring their breakfast to poor Hummels family and, since the gesture was noticed by Mr. Laurence, their rich neighbor, the latter decides to give them a rich banquet. Mr. Laurence has a nephew, Laurie, who despite his somewhat difficult nature becomes a great friend of the girls, who consider him as a brother. In the course of the novel, the March sisters will face a series of obstacles: the illness of the father that forces Mrs. March to leave and Beth’s scarlet fever, from which, however, the girl will leave safe and sound, among the cares and loving care of her family and friends. I do not want to dwell too much on the plot of the book, but I would like to dwell on what struck me most: the themes and messages that can be drawn from reading this wonderful story. What emerges mainly are the fundamental values ​​that each of us should cultivate on a daily basis: generosity, charity towards others, positivity and the courage to face problems, be they large or small. And the March sisters are a model to follow: educated by a loving and attentive mother, despite the difficulties they face life with a smile, they give their Christmas breakfast to those who are worse off than them, they offer their friendship to an aristocratic boy without demand nothing in return. None of them ventures a thought of coming, none of the four sisters thinks of marrying Laurie just to solve the family’s economic problems forever. The affection they feel for the boy is sincere and pure. Values ​​such as a sense of friendship, family, consistency, purity of feelings are evident on every page of this novel. An example of this is Beth’s reaction when she receives the piano as a gift from Mr. Laurence: the girl, despite her strong shyness, has the courage to thank the elderly man by making a pair of slippers for him. A delicate and at the same time meaningful gesture: between a piano and a pair of slippers there is a big difference, but it is always necessary to keep in mind that Beth’s gift is the maximum that the girl can do. But now they talk about another very important theme, linked to my favorite character: Jo and women’s emancipation. Compared to the sisters, Jo is a tomboy, has a rebellious character and is a bookworm. His dream is to become a famous writer in an age that leaves little room for female talent, due to the rules that put women in a condition of inferiority and submission with respect to men. However, Jo does not give up, she fights for her dream and eventually manages to publish her first story.


What can I add more? I know that this is not one of the masterpieces of world literature, I know that there is no rhetorical virtuosity or demonstration of immense culture on the part of the writer: but I also know that a book must excite and leave a lesson to the reader, making it better. And that’s what I saw in Piccole Donne: the simplicity that teaches simple values, values that are difficult to apply today.